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Cartoon Drawing: How To Draw From Your Imagination

teacher avatar George G., Making Ideas Visible.

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Cartoon Drawing: How To Draw From Your Imagination


    • 2.

      The Visual Alphabet


    • 3.

      Reverse Engineering


    • 4.

      Drawing Random Cartoons


    • 5.

      The First Homework


    • 6.

      Creative Challenge 1


    • 7.

      Creative Challenge 2


    • 8.

      Creative Challenge 3


    • 9.

      Creative Challenge 4


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Draw Original Ideas.

Beginner's Guide to Visual Thinking, Cartooning, and Creativity.

Learn How To Think Like An Artist.

This course on how to draw from your imagination will teach you the fundaments of drawing and creativity.

You'll be able to become a master visual thinker and problem solver!

You don't need the talent to start drawing amazing cartoons.

A lot of success stories prove that this is not true:

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"Very enjoyable and easy course. I found the content of proportions and study sheets very resourceful. It will definitely help me develop simple but effective training animations. Best regards to George!" - Robert

"Superb course. I am planning to include the illustrations in my blog posts. Thanks a lot for this course" - Vinod

"I thought this was great fun. The instructor was very well organized and systematic. I went through it in a few days. I wish I had learned this when I was younger. Good teaching style." - Mary

If you ever wanted to be able to draw your ideas so the world can see them, this course is perfect for you!


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George G.

Making Ideas Visible.


Hi, I'm George Grancharov and I teach people cartoon drawing skills. 
Drawing is a skill that can help you solve almost every problem.
If you learn how to draw better, you will think better!

I'm best known for my course "Cartoon Drawing For Absolute Beginners" that teaches what the title says :D

"Draw, Think and Build!"


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1. Cartoon Drawing: How To Draw From Your Imagination: Do we want to learn how to draw from your imagination? Awesome than discourse on carton drawing is perfect for you. A lot of people think that you need to be talented to be able to draw. But this is simply not true and a hell, a lot of success stories from my previous students to prove that we all can learn how to draw better. The drawing is not about art, it's about expressing your ideas to the real world. It simply a way of thinking. If you learn how to draw better, you think better. This will boost your creativity and imagination. Now, who is this course for? Discourse is for every person out there who is passionate about drawing and sketching. You learn how to take your ideas from your head and put them on a piece of paper without looking at some pictures. To sum up, if you want to improve your visual thinking, creativity and imagination, discourse is definitely for you to be able to draw simple cartoons. It's a very powerful skill because you can do a lot of stuff. Like, for example, comic books, simple illustrations, games, movies. You can start YouTube channel. You can improve your blog posts and many, many more. Discourse is a 100% risk-free because it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. What arrive? So come and join me if you want to learn a skill for life. 2. The Visual Alphabet: This lecture is the most fundamental lecture in the whole course. This is the foundation. And we are going to build our cues from here. So pay attention and open your mind. Now, when it comes to thinking and expressing ourselves, we used language, right? What language? Well, right now I'm talking to you in English, but my native language is not English, it's Bulgarian. So my thinking is naturally in Bulgarian. It's amazing when we think about that your dots are shaped by the language, your bandwidth. Now the amazing part is that when it comes to drawing, a lot of people think that this talent, and they are partially right. But what most people don't realize is that these people we think are talented, actually can think in the language of shapes and forms, dating more abstract and non-linear. Now I will show you what I mean. Just like we have the English alphabet. A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K. All right, I will not write the whole alphabet denote. And we use that alphabet to create words. And we use the words to great meaning to communicate. Well, you see it doesn't take talent to learn the alphabet and to learn how to write and think when it comes to drawing is the same thing. You just need to learn the visual alphabet. So I will give it to you. This is the most compact form of the visual alphabet, and we'll start just with the dot. Iep only adopt naturally when you have a dot and we stretch it. We have a line. Where you have a line. If we create another line, we have an angle. You see how that works. If we have the same line and we bend it, we have an arc, another arc, we have an oval. With the three lines. We have a triangle with four rectangle. With all the symbols we call the visual alphabet. You can draw everything. Let's put them in order so you can remember them better. Dot, line, angle, triangle. Although arc rectangle is just like the alphabet we've got in the English language. I can't wait to show you how to use this visual alphabet, but I will do that in the next lesson. For now, I want you to practice and remember this. Just take a piece of paper or open your sketchbook and I want you to remember it. Draw the visual alphabet first. And later. Let's start practicing right at DOT and fill this with dots. The second one is line. Fill the space with lines. Now with angle are the same. Just practice. It doesn't have to be perfect. Triangle. And a rectangle. Good few one-page with exercises for homework and share them in our Facebook group. Now before we end this lesson, I want to free your mind and tell you that you don't have to draw these shapes exactly the way you see them. For example, you can draw the lines long or short, vertical or horizontal, you get the point. It is same for the angle, different angle, different sizes, different arcs as well. The oval, you can do it like a perfect circle or very squashed. Draw all the shapes you can imagine. The point is to understand how you can manipulate the shapes in order to draw what you want and to think creative. For the triangle, as you can imagine, it's the same story and the rectangle of different shapes. You can imagine short, long, perfect square, etcetera. Look at the visual alphabet and understand the shapes. Don't limit yourself to only perfect objects. Use your creative mind. So that's all for this lecture. Do your homework, and in the next video, I will show you how you can use the visual alphabet in practice. Goodbye. 3. Reverse Engineering: Hello and welcome to this lecture, reverse engineering. It's easy when you see some giant piece of art to be blown away and to think that you'd never be able to create something like this. But the reality is that we humans are amazing when we break apart complex structures of information into small, more manageable tasks. This is called chunking. And with junking, were able to build giant houses, castles, to be able to land on the moon, built rockets, and all of these crazy stuff. Now, to be able to draw from your imagination, we need to understand first how the objects and shapes are built. The best way to do that is to reverse engineer simple objects around your home. And to learn. We have to do so. Open your sketchbook and let's get started. We're looking at this glass of wine. And to be able to draw it first, we need to learn how to see. Drawing is about seeing. Problem-solving, is about finding solutions in our mind before we solve it in the real world. So I will place the visual alphabet here and look closely. This glass of wine is BWT with first one arc at the top. Another arc to finish the shape here. This is one way to do it. Another way is to spot the oval right away. Like so. But with arcs is easy. I think. Arc here, arc here. The left side is also an arc. The right side is similar, of course, another arc. And we hold here a simple line. So we can see the bottom here and we need to improvise. You assume that the bottom is made with a simple triangle. So let's place the shapes here so you can see the different parts this glass is made of. Think of it like a Lego, where you need to draw something. Think about how you can make it simple and to construct it with only simple shapes. Like you have a box full of labels and you need to build the glass in this specific example. Okay, so arc, arc. Our, our line and a triangle. And when you combine the shapes, we have a beautiful glass of wine. Let's jump to another example, this desk lamp. So again, open your eyes and think of the building blocks for a second. Look again at the visual alphabet. Ready? Okay, I will reverse engineer it. We'll start again with an arc. The bottom arc, the left here arc derived, of course, again AHRQ. And to finish this shape here, a small arc here. Now this part, you see line, line and finish the shape with small arc. The body is built with arc here and we have a line. Now again, we can see the bottom of this lamp, so we need to improvise. So I will create another arc, a solid line. And we're ready. Let's draw now only the labels, the building elements. Alright. Arc. Another arc, this is part two. To finish the shape in the left, we also have an arc. This is part three and the right, again, our kinesis part four. We finished this shape here with another arc. This is part five. Now, this small part, we have a line, another line and seven into another. Our finished shapes Mark eight. Alright. This is the parts for this. Alright, now the body, giant arc, 91 long line. Then and the bottom. And the line. Now this is the building blocks for this desk lamp. Let's now draw it as a finished product. As you can see, it's very easy. The next example is this cup of coffee. Very, very easy job again, let's deconstruct it. Our line, line, arc, arc. And again, arc. Let's create it here. The labels, the building blocks are for the bottom, one. Second arc. We have one line in the left, one line in the right. This is three, this is four. We finished the shape with one arc in the bottom that have to be similar to this one is part five. And we have here Finnish arcs 1267. These are the building blocks. And let's draw the finished product. And we have a nice cup of coffee with only a few simple lines. And the final example for the lesson is this pencil. I'm sure you've already bought the building blocks. Let's deconstruct it. One rectangle. Second rectangle, another rectangle, and another rectangle. One angle. And a line. That's it. Let's draw it here. Rectangle, rectangle. And another one, 1231 long correct angle, angle and line six. Now let's draw it here. Few lines. And we have a simple pencil. Ok guys, that's all for this lesson. Now you understand that drawing is about seeing the most fundamental building blocks of an object. Look at the examples here and practice a couple of times. Your homework for today's lesson is to repeat the shapes for at least two times so you can remember them. And most importantly, to learn how to see the basic objects that forms everything around you. In the next video, we'll draw even more stuff. So be ready. Isu There. 4. Drawing Random Cartoons: Welcome to drawing random cartoons. This lecture will be a 100% practical and we'll use our understanding of the visual alphabet in practice. I will keep it here in the corner so you can see it all the time. Open your sketchbook and let's get started. The first object will be our planet Earth. Simple, oval. And a couple of arcs. Arcx, ARCX, ARCX, like. So. Nothing fancy. Are you also add some dots here to represent the stars like this. And I will add a couple of lines here for a detail. And to make it look more interesting. Alright, we are ready with the earth. Now the second object, Gurgaon, draw, will be o'clock. Same stuff. Let's start with the simple oval. Nothing fancy. In the center, I will place a dot, end, line, line, angle, angle. I will finish the shape with a simple oval right here. And also you can draw a couple of ovals. Done, we're ready. And when the clock another object, let's draw a light bulb. And let's look at the visual alphabet. We will start with a simple rectangle. Like so. One line, second line. Now. Very curved arc. Like a balloon. One dot here, one dot here. Line, line ends with a thin line angle like so. A couple of lines to represent the light and we ready. Our lightbulb is done. Now let's draw I plant. I will start with an arc. Arc into left line, into right line. I will finish the shape with an arc, basically like a coffee cup. And now line arc, arc on another line. And again, long arc. And the same one. Also arc, arc, small lines, arcs like this. And another arc here. Now to make this drawing more interesting, are you add some details. Line, another line and draw a line here and here. Now, line here, line here, line, line, line and another line. And we are ready with the plant also. Next drawing will be a magnifying glass. Start with an oval. Create the same oval, but smaller. So line another one and finish the shape with a rectangle. And this is our simple magnifying glass. Another object will be a TV. Television. Let's start with a simple rectangle. Don't worry about the curve edges. Dot way actually looks more cartoon. And another rectangle. For the actual screen. Here. I will create two dots for buttons, yep. And two lines with dots for antenna. And our simple dv is done. Next one will be a tennis ball. Simple although. And two arcs like this. And that's it. Now, let's draw a book. How to draw a book will, or you create simple line. And in the left, I will create an arc in there, right? I also, you create the same arc. Let's create the bottom, the same arc into left arc in the right end. I will finish that shape with the same line. Like the center. Like this. Let's create another arcs to represent a text like this. With a line. And basically that's ready. But if you want to make it more detailed, you can also create another little line here. Another arc in the right also. And finished shape like this. And W2, the job, the books ready. The other object we are going to draw will be a microphone. This is very interesting. So let's begin. I will start with the simple oval in the center. Split it with two lines like this. I will create this arc for detail. And here you can finish the upper shape with simple strokes and cross hatch it like this. Alright. Now, line. Another line. Finished shape here with a simple arc. Two dots for buttons on and off. And lastly, the cable, you can create it with some arcs, one to three. And our simple cartoon microphone is ready. Now let's draw glasses. Although the same oval here, arc, line, ARC, another line from here, arc and the first simple glasses are ready. You can draw the same glosses, but with the rectangular shape. Like this. Line, line, line. Line, line. And yep. Very simple stuff. Okay. I would turn to page two and we will continue with a shovel. Simple line, long arc. You see how easy it is. Here's the line, here is the arc. Alright, let's continue. Line. Another line. Arc in the left, arc in the right. Finished shape with straight line. Create here another line. And our, and our shadow is ready. Now let's draw some simple tricks. How to create simple twist out dot, basically width. A line and around them bloop object here. You can draw like this way or you can also draw it like this way. It's also tree. Start with line and a couple of arcs, random like this. Draw a couple of districts and you'll see how fun it is. That's enough for a tree. And let's create another tree, little different. Angle. Angle. And another angle. Create the same here. The same angle, angle, angle, line, line, arc. And this is the other tree. Now let's create the some simple oval and some lines. That's it. Now you draw a simple clout next to the Sun. Starts with an arc. I'm here. Another arc. From here. Another arc. Nope. How you actually create it like this. I finished shape with one line here and one line here, like so. And we have a simple cloud. Now let's draw a laptop rectangle. Another rectangle, lines, small rectangle for the touch but and the keyboard, Actually, you can create it with a simple lines like this. And I think this is enough for a laptop. Now let's draw a simple house. Rectangle. Line, line, angle, line, line, line. And some arcs, created a door with couple of lines. And a rectangle for the window. Line. Angle, angle, angle, line, line, line. I would delete the bottom here. I will create the same fins on the other side. And we've got our simple cute cartoon health. And the last object is a car. How to draw car? Well, I'll start first with a simple rectangle, like this. Line, line, line I, you create another line here. Another one here. Add a little details. And we have a simple car or a lot of objects. I hope you've managed to draw all of them. So that was all for this video. The point of this lecture was to show you that you already have all the skills necessary to be able to draw everything from your imagination. You just have to boot from here. And I've prepared a lot of interesting exercises that you help you unleash your true creative potential. So let's continue to the next video. 5. The First Homework: I know. I know you don't like homeworks. I also don't like them. But I promised you that this course will be more practical and we have to work. So let's have some fun. Your job for today is to deconstruct the reverse. Engineer some objects. You need basic stuff, pen and paper. Just watch the screen and draw all the building blocks, looking at the visual alphabet. If you find it difficult, I suggest to watch again the reverse engineering lecture. Alright, I will do the first object to give you momentum. The first object is this cassette tape. Now let's look at the big picture. I have here, my visual alphabet as a guide. And the first thing I notice is a giant rectangle. Yep. Now and let's do it here. After that, a smaller rectangle. Something ICO also is five small ovals. 123451, big oval, long. Here is the long. 02 more medium ovals. One. Do what also I have, I have three lines here, 123. And I think this enough, we have to keep it simple after all. Now I just have to combine them to produce the final drawing. The giant rectangle. The smaller one. The long oval in the middle. The two medium ovals. One here. One here, two lines here, 12, oops, I forgot to add him here. I will add them here. These two lines. The five small ovals in the corners. One, 2345 is around here, but I will first finish this three lines here and do it right now. 123 and the five over here. Very simple picture of a cassette. I think this enough. It's very fun and easy job. Alright guys, I will stop it here and it's your turn. Now, look at the screen. They're five items you have to deconstruct. Go make some tea and do the work. In the resources section, you'll find the visual alphabet and the objects for the homework. When you're ready, you can post your drawings in our Facebook group for feedback or for fun. Me and other students will highly appreciate that. And that's all for this lecture, headphone and Happy Drawing. 6. Creative Challenge 1: Welcome to the first creative challenge. The whole section here will be based on a different creative exercises. What's the big idea? Well, I'll give you a box full of shapes from the visual alphabet or how I like to call them a legos. And your job is to use all of the parts to create a simple drawing. There is no limit to what you can do as long as you use all of the shapes. That's the challenge, and that is what makes the task heart. Okay, the first one, I will do it myself just to show you. So what we've got here are novel one, arc, four lines. That's interesting. Let's think how we can use them. The first thing I notice, which is very obvious, although small arc, two lines and the other two. And that's the stigma. What can we draw with these shapes? We can also create a simple 31 line, the oval arc line, line, line. How many lines? 1231, another for loop. Actually how we do it here? Simple tree with four lines. We can also create a plant oval arc, line. 124. Yeah, that's the plan. We can also create a face, simple face, oval, arc for smile, eye, nose, and two more lines for the eyebrows. And we have a simple face. I think this is enough to show you what's your challenge. There you go. This is your box. You have to use these Legos. Take your time and create as many as you can. Train your brain to build and see things. Don't skip these challenges place. They're very important for training and for future projects. When you're done, you can again post your work in the Facebook group for feedback. Thanks again for watching and happy Drawing. 7. Creative Challenge 2: Welcome to the greatest challenge, number two. This one is quite familiar to the previous one. I will not waste any time showing you what to do because you have no already. This time, you have to use this combination of elements. It's a little harder than the previous challenge, but you can also create some amazing drawings. I really can't wait to show me and other students what you've created. Now, take your time and exhaust all of your ideas. Draw as many as you can. Banks and I wait for your response in our Facebook group. As always, you can find the practice sheet in the resources section. Now, go have some fun. 8. Creative Challenge 3: Welcome to the creative challenge. Number three. This one is totally different from the previous two. I'm sure you've come up with great ideas so far, and also that you have empowered your creativity. Now I've prepared a new challenge for you that you take your skills to the next level. Your job for today is to create a drawing from these only three of us. It doesn't matter what the drunk will be as long as you use this OS. But there's one catch. You can't manipulate the oboes. I mean, it's not like the previous exercises. Just draw three of us on the paper like the ones you see here, and use them as a base for your drawing. I will show you what I mean. For example, with this three of us, I see a face. Let's see what phase I can create with simple elements from the visual alphabet. Dot, dot, line, line, line, line, line, line, the mount. And one angle, four nose, arc. Our four ears, one giant are finished. The phase. One arc in the left, arc in the right. Sam S shape, shape, arc, arc for the eyebrows, some arcs for the here. And we have a phase. Now, as you can see, it's not that hurt. What else can I create? Well, one planet. This is our planet, Earth. Here. I will create the moon. Here will be the Sun. And a couple of dots to represent that we are in the space. And I can also create one astronaut here. That's enough to give you an example. And now it's your turn to unleash your creativity, drought as many ideas as you can, and share them again in the Facebook group. This one is very interesting and I'm very curious what you will draw. Go ahead, relax and have fun. And that's all for this video, guys. Bye. 9. Creative Challenge 4: Welcome to the final challenge in this section, this one is similar to the challenge number three. I will keep this video short because the rules are the same. Look at this shape, two rectangles and do all those above. The second rectangle. Your job is the same as the previous one. Just finished the shapes to produce a final drawing. Arrows except not to manipulate the initial drawing. That's it for this video. And let's see what you draw. Okay? Okay, I will give you a small example. Two dots until line, line, little smile. And as you can see, I can create small cute snail from boxes. You see how fun it can be. This is the final challenge. So when you're ready, you can treat yourself well with ice cream if you want. So thanks for watching guys, and I will see you in the next section of the course. They care.